©Beth Kingsley Hawkins
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 or even 6-7 species instead of the usual 2—and with typically five times the number of hummers as in early summer. Thanks to Sedona's high altitude of 4,500 feet, we escape the intense summer heat experienced in more southern parts of Arizona. August is also a "low season" for tourism in Sedona, so you'll usually be able to take advantage of lower lodging prices. We're working continuously to secure deals from participating hotels and motels; see "lodging deals."
Arizona is already well known as the top state for seeing the most hummingbird species (a fact that Texas disputes, of course). People travel great distances just to see Arizona's hummers. But Sedona also has Red Rock Country, and that makes it even more desirable to come here to see hummingbirds. Is there a prettier place in America to see hummers? We don't think so! That's the reason behind the tagline for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival: The Most Beautiful Place in America to See Hummingbirds.
Sedona Hummingbird Festivals have become spectacular community events! Residents and businesses are encouraged to include hummer-friendly flowers in their yard. Those lacking time or inclination for gardening put out feeders, especially beginning in June. By keeping the feeders filled and fresh, residents year after year see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives, we hope!—and leading to ever-higher populations. In our dreams, the Hummingbird Society imagines feeders even hanging from the street signs, but that may not happen right away!